Pictured are the new volunteers with the Franciscan Sisters of the Welcoming House.
On Saturday, too, it was announced that Kathy Whittington has been hired as the new Volunteer Coordinator. Now Jenifer Bash will become the new Health and Recreation Department Director. Welcome to both ladies to their new jobs.
And last Wednesday we had a one-day Red Cross blood drive. Our goal was 80. We received 94 units of blood and 9 people were turned away for whatever good reasons. The Red Cross likes coming here as we always have many generous donors and meet our goal. The donors like our home-made cookies, too. Thank you, generous donors.
The Directors of Nursing will be here for their meetings Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
We have a Bilingual Mass on Friday.
Praise God with me that my broken ankle is healing nicely and I can wear two shoes again! Who would think that an exciting event? If you ever wore that big black boot, you’d know.
In a week we have Labor Day and the beginning of the new school year. Once a teacher, always a teacher. I always got excited about the beginning of the new school year…and I still do.
Sister Mary Lou
Posted by Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls at Monday, August 29, 2011
Next Saturday the class of 1961 from St. Francis High School is coming for a class reunion. The girls always enjoy visiting with one another and coming back to see where they lived and went to school. It is always good to have them come, too.
Our new group of Franciscan Community Volunteers will be welcomed and commissioned nest Sunday. More about them next week.
The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be here Wednesday for a one-day blood drive from 1 to 7 p.m.
God bless you.
Sister Mary Lou
Posted by Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls at Monday, August 22, 2011
Next Sunday we celebrate the five 60- year Jubilarians. A am so amazed at and proud of all the good works these Sisters have done in their 75, 50 and 60 years of their Religious Life…students they’ve taught, sick they cared for, poor and needy they’ve helped in so many ways. They have been of service in such Franciscan ways.
I will keep you in prayer this week while I am in retreat.
God bless and continue to care for you.
Sister Mary Lou
Posted by Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls at Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Wednesday already! I’d better get this blog written before it is time to write the next one.
The Paint-A-Thon was washed out last Saturday. After a prayer, we fed approximately 65 painters a free, good breakfast at First United Church, starting at 6:46 a.m., had a safety talk and sent them on their way. The Franciscan Sisters donated 10 dozen cinnamon and caramel rolls for the breakfast. Most teams were just ready to start work when we had a heavy downpour. So that ended the painting hopes for the day. A second heavy shower came about 11:15. The homeowners and the teams will set a time during this week and the houses will all get painted. I know one house got painted the next day and the grateful homeowner served the team a full chicken dinner when they finished their work! Here we had about 2 ½ inches of rain on Saturday but other places in the county got from 3 to 5 inches of rain. At the breakfast, I met the new Oasis-Share-A-Meal director, Tim Poland. He will have big shoes to fill after all that Carol has done for the program these past 11 years.
The booklet given to guest s had two make-your-own laundry soap recipes and the directions for making your own T-shirt bags. At our house we have used these laundry soaps since the first year of the Green Fair. The Little Falls Mounted Police helped with car parking.
Now this coming Sunday we are celebrating our six Golden Jubilarians. So far I’ve seen only a couple big red banners with gold ribbons that will be part of the ambiance. So we are getting ready for another big celebration. We look forward to seeing the many guests who will be with us for the day.
Peace and All Good.
Sister Mary Lou
Posted by Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls at Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Some pretty damaging wind and rain again the last few days. God bless the folks who are cleaning up after all the mess…keep them safe and give them the energy they need.
This Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. we have the Green Fair Folk Festival here on the west parking lot at the Motherhouse. Music and ecological awareness are part of this event.
In 2004 it started out as a concert for peace and then since 2007 we enlarged the scope of activities for the Festival. Jennifer Basch, Volunteer Department director, said, “Care for creation is so important to the Franciscan Sisters that we formed a Campus Green Committee, whose mission was to accentuate green awareness and to “green” the campus in every way possible. The passion of the Green Committee members, combined with the love of music from St. Francis Music Center, blended into this unique community festival.”
Area fiddlers, the U-Rock bands, the Sestri Slavic women’s choir, the St. Francis Community Chorale and other groups will supply wonderful music. There will be food vendors on the grounds, also. One favorite food is fresh, home-made bread peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. It will be a fun time for everyone.
Next Sunday we will honor Sister Helen Anne Klepaida for her 75 years as a Franciscan Sister. A Mass of Thanksgiving will be celebrated at 11 a.m. with a dinner and reception to follow. She has served in the health ministry throughout the years as a staff registered nurse, disaster Red Cross volunteer and public health nurse, and as a hospice nurse. Congratulations, Sister Helen Anne.
Saturday, August 6th, is the date for the Morrison County Paint-A-Thon. This event started in 1993. All volunteers and home owners are invited to First United Church for a 6:45 a.m. breakfast, pep and safety talk and a prayer to send them safely on their way to paint 8 homes. Those homes are located in Little Falls, Bowlus, Elmdale, Swanville and Royalton. I have been a member of this committee for a number of years. The Franciscan Sisters furnish 10 dozen cinnamon and caramel rolls for the breakfast. Please pray for favorable painting weather. Thanks.
Last week, Wednesday through Saturday, 18 of our Sisters attended the Annual Franciscan Federation Conference in Milwaukee Wisconsin. The theme of the conference was “Becoming a Sacred Flame: Francis, Clare and John’s Gospel.” Main speakers were Sister Nancy Schreck, OSF and Fr. Michael Blastic, OFM. Sister Carmen Barsody received the honoree award from our community for the many ways she sparks enthusiasm for our Franciscan charism.
Peace and blessings,
Sister Mary Lou
Posted by Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls at Tuesday, August 02, 2011